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Muslim American Kids Read Letters by WWII Japanese Americans

Sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and created by filmmaker Frank Chi, this short film features letters that young Japanese Americans in World War II incarceration camps sent to Clara Breed, a librarian in San Diego.

Excerpts from the letters are read by contemporary Muslim American youth standing beside Japanese American camp survivors. The survivors remain silent as the young people read stories that parallel their own hopes and fears.

This video will be featured in the center’s event “CrossLines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality,” on May 28 and 29 at the Arts & Industries Building. Learn more at Crosslines.

 

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